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Headphones for the office: ATH-M50 vs. M-Audio Q40

Poll Results: Which?

 
  • 20% (2)
    ATH-M50(s/LE)
  • 70% (7)
    M-Audio Q40
  • 10% (1)
    Other
10 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Greetings all,

 

I've been lurking in several threads over the past week while I attempt to research my first high-end set of phones. Currently I have a pair of M-Audio AV40's hooked up in my apartment with a Razer Carcharias headset for gaming. I've been bringing my Bose in-ear's to work lately and they've become uncomfortable after a few hours, SO I was looking into purchasing a more comfortable, high quality pair of circumaural headphones. I say high quality because I like shiny new things and I'm also thinking of subscribing to www.mog.com, and I want a set that will take advantage of the high music quality.

 

After glancing around, I had almost decided on ATH-M50's and was just trying to decide if the coiled, straight, or LE was going to work out the best for me. Then I saw the Q40's. I already have a set of M-Audio monitors at home (like I mentioned previously) and really enjoy them. Naturally I have been swayed toward the Q40's a bit. Then I saw the long-running "why we hate the ath-m50" thread elsewhere on this site, and I'm beginning to be truly confused. As such, I made an account and here's my first post!

 

What I listen to:

  • dubstep (and various other electronic-y tracks)
  • alternative rock
  • rap/hip-hop
  • some classic rock
  • classical
  • jazz

 

I'd welcome any and all opinions into my search. I'd like to learn the ways of the audiophile so whichever set would provide me with a long-term learning-to-appreciate-music experience is probably going to be the best bet.

 

Thanks!

 

TL;DR

Looking for my first pair of headphones. Can't decide between the ATH-M50(s/LE) and the M-Audio Studiophile Q40. Help.

 

Best,

 

Update 1:

I'm looking to drop <$200 if possible. Then again, Christmas is right around the corner...if I can hold out for two more months.


Edited by Saxman45 - 10/15/12 at 11:40pm
post #2 of 6

Heya,

 

Look also at:

 

Beyer DT770 (pro & premium)

Denon D2000

Ultrasone PRO 750 & HFI 580

AudioTechnica A900X

 

I would get any of those over the M50/Q40 for your needs/setup.

 

I would focus mostly on the DT770 & A900X for cost, or D2000 if you can get it.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

Look also at:

 

Beyer DT770 (pro & premium)

Denon D2000

Ultrasone PRO 750 & HFI 580

AudioTechnica A900X

 

I would get any of those over the M50/Q40 for your needs/setup.

 

I would focus mostly on the DT770 & A900X for cost, or D2000 if you can get it.

 

Very best,

Thanks for the reply!

 

I probably should've mentioned I'm looking for the sub $200 price range.

Just to make sure I have it down right...

DT770: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006NL5SM/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A2LXBKOLL3J3K6

A900X: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006V386UG/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=AT5HPYEEN9G2E

 

What makes you think that those would be better suited for me?

post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saxman45 View Post

Thanks for the reply!

 

I probably should've mentioned I'm looking for the sub $200 price range.

Just to make sure I have it down right...

DT770: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006NL5SM/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A2LXBKOLL3J3K6

A900X: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006V386UG/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=AT5HPYEEN9G2E

 

What makes you think that those would be better suited for me?

 

Heya,

 

Because you mentioned you wanted something comfortable, that will give you a long listening ability with the ability to grow into it for long term music/audio appreciation. The M50/Q40 are ok headphones, but they have limited sound stages and are more stereo sounding. You want sound stage to be bigger and better, especially with closed headphones where it will be less than that of open air (open back) headphones. Also comfort, these two headphones (DT770 & A900X) are comfortable, bigger pads, bigger deeper cups (the DT770 being the most comfortable in general with velour pads). The other thing is mids, because you're going to want instruments and vocals to sound realistic, natural, and not edgy or grainy or dry. You want headphones that are good for all genres. The M50/Q40 are not really great for classical, sound stage is limiting, treble issues, mids, too much bass in the wrong areas (mid bass), etc.

 

Very best,

post #5 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

Because you mentioned you wanted something comfortable, that will give you a long listening ability with the ability to grow into it for long term music/audio appreciation. The M50/Q40 are ok headphones, but they have limited sound stages and are more stereo sounding. You want sound stage to be bigger and better, especially with closed headphones where it will be less than that of open air (open back) headphones. Also comfort, these two headphones (DT770 & A900X) are comfortable, bigger pads, bigger deeper cups (the DT770 being the most comfortable in general with velour pads). The other thing is mids, because you're going to want instruments and vocals to sound realistic, natural, and not edgy or grainy or dry. You want headphones that are good for all genres. The M50/Q40 are not really great for classical, sound stage is limiting, treble issues, mids, too much bass in the wrong areas (mid bass), etc.

 

Very best,


^He does have a point, I've owned M50's they are a beginner basshead's sort of headphone. They are comfortable, but not as comfortable as a lot of other headphones. Classical music doesn't sound very good on M50s and, from what i've heard, on Q40's. You'd be better off getting a more pricey headphone because it will pay off greatly in the end.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Is the 250 ohm model that I linked to on Amazon the one that you're talking about? Or are you referencing the 80 ohm model?

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